Sometimes you just need a good movie to give you that push needed to explore! We love watching movies and escaping into another world. Check out our opinion of the best travel movies of all time to get your dose of wanderlust. In no particular order:
Under The Tuscan Sun
Who hasn’t wanted to run away and buy a villa in the countryside of Florence? I sure did after seeing this movie. Frances, writer and recent divorcee decides to leave her shattering life behind in search of happiness in Italy. She now must rebuild her new house and life under the Tuscan sun.
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Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
This is one of my favorite movies of all times. David Fincher provides brilliant direction, beautiful cinematography and interesting views on life in this epic film (looking at young Brad Pitt also helps). Benjamin is a man born in reverse, as he ages backward he watches people he loves die before him, travels the world, and falls in love. This film will leave you with serious wanderlust and thought provoking lessons.
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Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
It’s never too late for change. A dynamic group of elderly British strangers come together to retire at a picturesque hotel in India. Upon arrival, they discover that the manager is struggling to fulfill his promises of the hotel. Each individual finds there are joys and hardships in their new life. Check Amazon Here
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Although this movie is technically about traveling, it’s a genuine laugh out loud feel good movie that will have you itching to book your next flight to the Greek Islands. The story follows Mia, a thirty-something single woman seeking a better life. All seems well when you insert John Corbett as the love interest…until he has to meet Mia’s entire very Greek family. Check for up to date Prices
I feel like this movie needs a special mention. It got highly criticized when it was released but was easily one of my favorite movies of 2012, and of all time. The film has multiple plot lines, across many characters, and many eras. It jumps to different locations around the world and is visually captivating. The theme centers around reincarnation, love, and loss. It’s hard to even give a complete summary of the science fiction film. Be patient, it may take a couple of watches to comprehend the 3-hour movie Get Cloud Atlas Here
A beautiful true story of a family caught in Thailand during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. They are separated during the chaos of the disaster, and must fight their way back to each other. Not all vacations are a dream come true, and your loved ones are ultimately the most important things. Watch The Impossible Here
A Map For Saturday
Are you thinking about backpacking the world, but have never done it? Watch A Map For Saturday first and see how Brooks does it. I’ve never seen a more detailed and truthful film documenting experiences while backpacking. He hits the highs and lows during his RTW adventure and shows what it’s like when every day is a Saturday. Check Amazon Here
The Adventures Of Priscilla The Desert Queen
Be who you are and do things you want to do. This is the queen of Australian films. Literally. Depicting the adventures of two drag queens and a transsexual woman as they travel across the Australian Outback. Showing you parts of Australia you may never get to, Priscilla is sure to bring you laughs and drama. Get it Here!
Lawrence of Arabia
An epic classic, this film is a must see before you die. Whether interested in travel or not, Lawrence of Arabia is visually stunning and has a timeless score. It Depicts the true story of T. E. Lawrence during his time in the Arabian Peninsula in WWI. Lawrence adapts his western ways and begins to accept and conform to the traditions of the Arabian people. Showing that when you are thrown into new countries and environments, your mindset completely changes. Get this Classic Movie Here
I found this movie after browsing through Netflix. In search of a good travel movie, the title Copenhagen attracted me. This is a coming of age film, where a 28-year-old searching for his grandfather in Copenhagen befriends a much younger Danish girl. They both teach each other things while exploring the Danish capital. Watch it Here
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Sometimes I hate to admit my love for Woody Allen films. In Vicky Cristina Barcelona, a group of beautiful people find their way together in Spain. I love this movie cause it will make you want to get on over to Europe and fall in love. Get it Here
Eat, Pray, Love
Haven’t you ever wanted to go all “Eat, Pray, Love”? In this non-fiction book turned movie, Julia Roberts leaves she is not happy with and breaks away to eat in Italy, pray in India, and love in Bali. During her year abroad she discovers new things about herself and life. There is a great scene where all her possessions fit in one storage locker, and she can’t believe that her entire life fits in that one box. You can leave your possessions behind for experiences! Get it on Amazon!